Monday, January 25, 2010

Under The Weather

I must apologize about the lack of post. I've been in a battle with this "flu on steroids". It's pretty much taken over my like for the past week. Posting will resume as soon as possible. Thanks

Monday, January 18, 2010

On Sale Now:

Say it aint so!!! This sale ends today. There isn't tons to choose from, but the selection is pretty decent.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Needs Our Help


I first want to say I'm very proud of the support my company has shown in light of these tragic events. We donated $250,000 to aid in relief efforts. We are also waiving the transaction fees associated with making donations through an approved charity listed at USAID.GOV. The company is also matching employee contribution $1 for $1 as well. I urge anyone who have not donated to do so if it is within your means. If you are unable to help monetarily or physically, please offer the spiritual and emotional support. Call someone you know who may have family and friends that are in Haiti. Pray with them and offer moral support if you can. You can offer more help by:
1. Text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.
2. Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can CLICK HERE to donate.
3. If you have had previous disaster assistance experience or formally trained such as an EMT’s, Nurses of all levels, Fire Fighters etc, you can register to be considered for possible deployment to Haiti to assist the relief effort. To register your skills and experience for a possible volunteer opportunity, go to the Center for International Disaster Information's registration page
4. Encourage your place of employment to encourage philanthropy in this time of need.
5. Please be careful of scammers. Make sure the organization you are legitimate. There are some poor unfortunate souls you are scheming to make a quick buck by preying on the kindhearted.

On a sidenote: Huge Big Ups (for the non island folks, "big up" means props... lol) to Wyclef Jean and his charity, YELE,for raising over 1 million dollars through text donation ALONE!!!! That's what I'm talking bout people. I need my Jamaican massive to show some love as well. Some parts of Jamaica felt tremors from this earthquake and luckily there was no damage. This could have easily been my country or yours. Think about it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Coach Factory 20% Off Coupon

Coach periodically sends these coupons out when you place your email in their database. Most hardly considers Coach frugal, however with the right coupon and proper timing, you can get a Coach purse for under $60. I've been able to accomplish this on several occasions. This coupon is good for the outlet stores only.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

True Jackson VP: Mad Style Rider Boots

In case you're not aware, True Jackson VP is the name of Keke Palmer's show that airs on Nickelodeon. I used to love watching All That and Kenan and Kel back in the days. I must admit, I still tune in for a little iCarly fix every now and then. Anywho, Keke's clothing line is called Mad Style and it is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had a line at Wally World a few years back and it did really well. Mad Style is targeted towards younger girls and early teens. So today I went to Wally to do my usual browsing and I hit jackpot. Not for me, but for my 3 year old daughter. First, How cute is this box?

And inside were these babies

This pic does nothing for these boots. They are hot in person and may I add I was very upset there was none in my size. This is how much these shoes made my heart flutter. My daughter wears a toddler size 9.5.  These shoes only run from a child's 1 to 13. I bought the size 1's for her even though she has about 4 more toddler sizes to go before she can wear these but I don't care. They will be waiting for her. I picked up this pair of pleasure in a box for only $13.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Skin Tips

I've complained before about my ridiculously dry skin. With the temperatures being so low as of late, let’s just say I'm not thrilled. It's now more important than ever to protect your skin from the harsh cold elements. The tips are not record breaking news, however they are important to remember. They are not any particular order.
1. Apply Sunscreen: Not because you can't necessarily see the sun beaming, that doesn't mean it's ok to go frolicking outside without wearing a good sunscreen . The damaging rays still exist and that means protection is still needed. I really like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+. This stuff is really ultra sheer as it claims. One of my pet peeves with sunscreen is that nasty chalky film that’s left on my skin. This is silky smooth. When my mom started using this daily, there was a noticeable improvement on her skin condition.

Retail ~ $8.99
2. Drink Water: This one is often forgotten. If you're hydrated internally, chances are, external elements will be hydrated as well such as your hair, nails, and skin. Some people like it from the tap; others won't touch it unless it's from a bottle. Whatever your preference, just make sure you're drinking it.
3. Love Your Lips: Let's not forget our kissables. This is the time when they need loving the most. There is nothing sexy about dry chapped lips. Not only is it unattractive but it can be painful. Ever smiled too hard while your lips are dry and it just cracks and bleed a little? Well that can be avoided by keeping it moisturized. I like Beeswax Lip Balm. Its natural, and it really does protect your lips well and helps repair it if you already have some sort of damage. I get the same feel from the tube and the one in the round tin.

Retail ~ $2.99
4. Evaluate Your Face Wash: Just as you evaluate your attire for an event, your face cleanser should be evaluated as seasons change as well. I find it best to switch to a cleanser that has a moisture element rather than a strip your face clean product. Not saying that your face is any less dirty in the winter, but for me it just doesn't require as much in the cleansing department. Using a cleanser specially formulated for hydration will help that skin tight, dry feeling that sometimes come with a harsh cleanser. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser works really well if you don't have an oliy skin type. This is very mild and does the job. I will say this is  no good at removing makeup. For makeup removal you can use baby wipes first or go with the tried and true, Pond's Cold Cream.
Retail ~ $12.99
5. Moisture Is The Business: It may be obvious to some more than others, but the main point of all these tips is about moisture. Bottom line, it's essential and there's no way around it. My mom, my sister and I all prefer the moisturizers from the L'Oreal line. The Pro-Calcium is tinted so it adds a really nice glow during the day. The night cream is thicker and can actually be used whenever. I use it at night or if I'll be wearing make-up all day, I'll apply it to keep my face moisturized longer.

Retail: $15.99 - $19.99

And that's it folks. These things are very simple. What works for one certainly doesn't work for all. Find the product that works best for your skin and you can't go wrong.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

I'm at work updating at this time. I actually had to dig in my mom's closet to find a jacket that is warm enough to contain my body heat. At this point I just want to be home with my daughter, drinking hot chocolate and watching The Sound of Music. Oh and let's not forget my Gator Snuggie!

I've been really good lately with curving my shopping appetite. Not like I had much of a choice considering I had tuition to pay. However I'm still basking the ambience of my purse haul at New York and Company last week. Can't wait to post the pics of this but honestly, it's about to be about 20 degrees tonight so that won't happen till tomorrow evening. Till then stay warm people!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On Sale Right Now: Swimsuit Sale

This post is particularly odd because it's so cold yall. No seriously it has been consistently in the 30 degree range here in Florida. I know some of my northern readers are laughing at me but Floridians are crying right now. However that didn't stop me from drooling at the bargains on VS swimsuits. For those who are on a new diet, your motivation could be to fit into your new bathing suit. Here are a few of my picks:
Boho floral bandeau: Top-$13.99 Bottom $9.99

Flower-embroidered bandeau: Top-$9.99 Bottom-$9.99

Embroidered sliding triangle: Top-$9.99 Bottom- $9.99

Metallic peacock: Top-$13.99 Bottom-$8.99

These prices are excellent considering how expensive they usually are. I'll maybe order 1 or 2 but we'll see.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 Goals: Hair Edition

I seem to be on this never ending fight with my hair. I don't really know the status at this time. I guess I could be considered as transitioning since I haven't relaxed in 5 months. I'm seriously considering relaxing now to jump start my 2010 goals. Until my mind is made up, there are a few essential items I need to purchase to help with this fight.
  • Start A Consistent Regimen
  • Increase Growth
  • Increase Moisture
  • Increase Volume
  • Use More Protective Styling
Products To Try
  • Coconut Oil
  • Heat Cap
  • Mango Butter
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • MTG
Naturally I'll be updating and bringing reveiws along the way.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Black Opal Blemish Control Complexion Bar Review

Try to say the title of this post 5 times fast...I triple dog dare ya. Ok my last Christmas Story quote till next Christmas.

My skin have been doing some really funky things as of late. Not to gross anyone out but let's just say my T-Zone seems to be waging an oily war on my face. My pores are all clogged and to make matters worse my skin is super dry. Seriously, oily and dry at the same time, but I digress. I remember a few years ago I tried the Black Opal Complexion Bar, (which we will simply refer to as "bob" ), because there just wasn't anything else available at the time. I loved the way my skin looked and felt after the wash but this was over 10 years ago. So I went on a mission to find bob because I thought it might help. Mind you I couldn't find this at any of my local african american beauty supply stores but I did at Sally's, go figure.

The packaging is nothing to marvel at. It's made with a cardboard paper combination type thing, very unattractive really. But it's only soap and I placed it in a much more sturdy soap container so no need to spend much time on the horrible wrapping. While lathering, there is a very distinctive smell. I won't say it smells like fields of wild strawberrys, but it doesn't smell like the city dump either. It's just, distinctive. The smell goes away when the face is rinsed so no worries there. It lathers very easily and rinses easily as well. My face feels refreshed and so clean without feeling stripped afterwards. I've used it daily for about a week and there is definitely a difference. My skin is smoother and most surprisingly my dark spots are fading. I have dark spot resulting from my adolescent pimple popping habit. That was a pleasant surprise. I wish I took a pic of the condition of my skin prior to this but I took one today and I will post the before and after next Sunday. So if any of my African readers are looking for a solution for fading dark spots, this may work for you. This retails at my Sally's for $3.29 . If you can't find it locally, it can be ordered online HERE.

I know there are some concerns regarding product reviews on blogs. I did not receive this or any other beauty item on frugalchicdepot complimentary nor was I paid to review the items. This is strictly my personal opinion about this product. In the event an item is sent to me by a company, it will be disclosed in the post. However, it will never influence my opinion on that product.